Do yourself a huge favor and perform the following steps:
- Click here.
- Click on this button in the upper right.
- Spend hours gawking.
TIP: You can get another batch of photos by clicking at the bottom.
You may have noticed that hardly a post on this blog goes by without some sort of beautiful nature photo being included. I’ve been doing this for years.
The source of most of my photos has been Wikimedia Commons, the media archive behind Wikipedia. Wikimedia Commons is a treasure trove of photographs and other media, organized into a hierarchical structure of categories, and all published under licenses that permit reuse. The instructions above send you to one of my favorite categories (Landscapes by Country) and show you one way of exploring all the riches there.
Here are some examples of what you might find on a journey through that and other categories:
Huangshan sea of clouds. By 颐园新居. CC-BY-SA 4.0.
Carpathian National Park, Ukraine. By Balkhovitin. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
View from Blassenstein mountain near Scheibbs, Austria. By Uoaei1. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Older dunes are reddish and larger, newer dunes are yellow-brown. By Yathin S. Krishnappa. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Hopi Point, Grand Canyon. By Tuxyso. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Gorges du Tarn (canyon on the Tarn River in France). By Myrabella. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Elakala Waterfalls, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia. By Forest Wander. CC-BY-SA 2.0.
Morning mist near Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. By Dietmar Rabich. CC-BY-SA 4.0.
Westward View from Mitterbach am Erlaufsee, Austria. By Uoaei1. CC-BY-SA 4.0.
View of the Qutang Gorge along the Yangtze River from Baidicheng. By Tan Wei Liang Byorn. CC-BY 3.0.
A vicuña chills in front of Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador. By David Torres Costales. CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Backwater in Kerala, India. By Thursday Next. CC-BY 2.0.
The road to Nusfjord village, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway. By Ximonic (Simo Räsänen). GFDL 1.2.
The ocean after sunset near Cabo da Roca, Portugal. By Rnbc. GFDL 1.2.
Cow, below Fuorcla Sesvenna in Engadin Valley, Switzerland. By Daniel Schwen. GFDL 1.2.
View from the Angels Landing trail at Zion National Park. By Tobias Alt. CC-BY-SA 4.0.
West Mitten Butte, Monument Valley. View northeastward from Arizona to Utah. By Huebi. CC-BY 2.0.
And last but not least, the featured image at top is a view of Mount Fuji from Mount Kita, photographed by Alpsdake. It’s in the public domain.